What Happened in June 1997

Historical Events

  • 1st 10th Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $5,400,186
  • 1st 1st NY Women Film Festival opens
  • 1st 51st Tony Awards: Titanic & Last Night of Ballyhoo win
  • 1st Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Michelob Light Classic
  • 1st Donovan Bailey beats Michael Johnson in 150m race to settle who was the world's fastest man
  • 1st LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • 1st Vijay Singh wins Golf Memorial at Muirfield Village CC, 14 under par
  • 1st Hugo Banzer wins the Presidential elections in Bolivia.
  • 2nd Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • 2nd Liberals beat Conservatives in France
  • 2nd Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
  • 4th UN Security renews its "oilforfood" initiative whereby Iraq may sell $2 billion worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other necessities to alleviate civilian suffering under the sanctions imposed when it invaded Kuwait in 1990
  • 7th 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • 7th Cosmos 2344 Proton-K Launch (Russia), Failed
  • 7th Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep the Philadelphia Flyers
  • 8th "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 8th Justin Leonard wins golf's Kemper Open at TPC at Avenel
  • 8th Pat Hurst wins LPGA Oldsmobile Classic
  • 8th 96th Men's French Open: Gustavo Kuerten beats Sergi Bruguera (6-3, 6-4, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

8th 96th Women's French Open: Iva Majoli beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 9th British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
  • 9th Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • 10th Feng Yun-2B Long March 3 Launch (China), Successful
  • 10th Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • 10th Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.
  • 12th 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3
  • 13th 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • 13th Jurors in Oklahoma City bombing trial sentence Timothy McVeigh to death
  • 13th Red Wings Vladimir Konstantinov & Slava Fetisov hurt in car crash
  • 13th American fugitive Ira Einhorn is arrested in France for the murder of Holly Maddux after 16 years on the run, though he would not return for another four years.
  • 15th "Little Foxes" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 56 performances
  • 15th 97th US Golf Open: Ernie Els shoots a 276 Congressional CC Bethesda Md

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15th British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • 15th Danielle Ammaccapane wins Edina Realty LPGA Classic
  • 16th 31st Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
  • 16th The Dairat Labguer massacre in Algeria; 50 people are killed.
  • 17th NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 19th "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC
  • 20th Negotiators announce agreement in principle with tobacco industry
  • 21st "Defending the Caveman," closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances

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21st 35th NHL draft Boston picks center Joe Thornton 1st

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • 21st Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • 22nd Ernie Els wins golf's Buick Classic
  • 22nd Penny Hammel wins LPGA Rochester International
  • 22nd World Bowl: Barcelona Dragon beat Rhein Fire, 38-24
  • 23rd Dow Jones drops 192.25 pts
  • 23rd In the Central African Republic, soldiers fire on foreign peacekeepers in the third major rebellion since May
  • 24th Melissa Drexler, 18, charged with killing her baby during her prom
  • 24th USAF reports Roswell 'space aliens' were dummies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

24th Mark McGwire hits a 538 foot home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 24th Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • 25th Christies auctions off Princess Di's clothing for $5.5 million
  • 25th Galileo, 2nd Callisto Flyby (Orbit 9)
  • 25th Intelsat 802 Ariane 4 Launch, Successful
  • 25th NHL approves franchises in Nash, Atlanta, Columbus, & Minn-St Paul
  • 25th Progress M-34 Collides with & damages Mir Space Station
  • 25th Jamaica issues a warrant for singer Sade, who fails to report to court on charges of failure to obey a cop who signaled her to stop
  • 26th Galileo, Ganymede Observations (Orbit 9)
  • 26th The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Internet indecency law
  • 26th The U.S. Supreme Court upholds doctor-assisted suicide ban
  • 26th The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment

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26th Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published, the first instalment of the best selling series by J. K. Rowling

Novelist J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
  • 28th "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances
  • 28th "Steel Peer" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater NYC after 76 performances
  • 28th TV evangelist Robert Schuller attacks a flight attendant
  • 29th "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances
  • 29th "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 29th 18th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Graham Marsh
  • 29th Greg Norman wins PGA St Jude Classic
  • 29th Michelle McGann wins ShopRite LPGA Classic
  • 29th Progress M-35 Soyuz Launch (Russia)
  • 29th Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss
  • 30th Leap Second to synchronize atomic clocks

Famous Birthdays

  • 12th William Cuddy, Canadian actor
  • 20th Maria Lark, Russian-born American actress

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1st Grammy Award-winning singer Kenny Rogers (59) weds Wanda Miller (31) at his ranch in Athens, Georgia

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers

HeartWedding of Interest

5th Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher (30) weds Meg Mathews at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas

Musician Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher

HeartWedding of Interest

12th Rapper and actor Snoop Dogg (25) weds high school sweetheart Shante Taylor at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
  • 17th Pop rock band singer Kevin Jonas (24) weds Danielle Deleasa (25) at Oheka Castle

HeartWedding of Interest

17th Actress and philanthropist Grace Hightower (42) weds actor Robert De Niro (53) at their Marbletown home

HeartWedding of Interest

21st "Bridget Jones' Diary" actor Colin Firth (36) weds Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli (27) in Tuscany, Italy

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

24th Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • 25th "Dumb and Dumber" actress Lauren Holly (33) divorces actor-comedian Jim Carrey (35) due to irreconcilable differences after 9 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • 2nd Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
  • 3rd Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • 4th Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 4th Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • 5th J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • 8th George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • 9th Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71
  • 9th Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • 11th Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • 12th Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • 14th Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • 14th Richard Jaeckel, actor (Starman, The Dark), dies of cancer at 70
  • 14th Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • 16th Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • 18th Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • 19th Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • 20th Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
  • 20th Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • 21st Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • 21st Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 21st Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • 22nd Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • 22nd Don Henderson, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 23rd "Wino" Willie Forkner, biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77
  • 23rd Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, suffering from burns, dies at 63
  • 24th Brian Keith, actor (Family Affair), commits suicide at 75

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25th Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 25th William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51

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26th Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 26th Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
  • 29th William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor), dies of emphysema at 69
  • 30th Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)